Kitty City, the town building game by Jam City, has similar mechanics to other town-building games. If you’ve read tips for other similar games, some pieces of advice remain true. Start your complex productions first and stock up on long-time duration items before your sleeping hours. However, Kitty City also has some unique elements that are different from other town games. The following tips are for beginner early game prior to level 30.
1. Town Planning is Essential
You will eventually unlock other shops down the line that use the materials from previous ones. For instance, in early game, you need the Feed Mill to make feed for your cow. Later, you will unlock a pig, chicken, sheep, and alpaca who all use feed from the feed mill. Placing all animal pens near each other and near the Feed Mill makes it easier to feed your animals as soon as their food is ready.
Other buildings are designed to work with previous ones. The Dairy Made solely uses milk from the cow to make milk products. Notice how I have them set up in the first picture. The feed mill is near the animals and the Dairy Maid is directly next tot he cow. Without scrolling my screen, I can pick up the manufactured feed for the cow, feed him, and use the milk directly into the Dairy Maid.
I also have the Loom positioned right next to the sheep and alpaca with the Tailor directly behind that. Moving wool to the loom and fabrics to the Tailor is easier when the buildings near by.
Paying attention to how your town is organized makes your workflow more efficient and less time-consuming. Also, spacing out your areas is a good idea, so it’s easier to see the goods as they’re finished.
2. Prioritize Quests
By the time you hit your mid-20s, you might find that you are unlocking recipes at levels that you can’t make yet. Staying on top of quests and trying to complete them as fast as you can is the best way to minimize that gap. Have no fear, even if you unlock a recipe, you won’t be asked fill any quest, train, or hot air balloon unless you can physically make the item.
Completing quests levels you faster, gives you gems, fishing gear, large amounts of money, and unlocks new shops and trees.
Trains are important to the overall game. You need train rewards to expand storage and land, but there will be plenty of time to do them between quests.
3. Do A Hot Air Balloon Daily
As mentioned above, trains are an important part of the game. However, the hot air balloon can be as equally important. If you’re a super casual player, you can skip the hot air balloon most days and only complete it when you need fishing gear. Otherwise, the benefits of the balloon can help you really get ahead.
Like the trains, you earn money for each completed crate. Unlike trains, you get bonus gold for completing a whole row. Completing each row also gives you building materials and it’s the only place to get fishing supplies. Use these fishing supplies to help feed your kittizens and earn the permanent production bonuses more quickly.
The balloon requires a 6-hour cool-down after completion before another can be started. While working on the first row, there’s a handy little button above the second and third that shows you what will be required next, allowing you to stock up on those items ahead of time.
4. Use Gems for Expanding Shops
This remains true for the majority of town-building games. With Kitty City, however, the gems come easy, frequent, and free. Gems are earned from the daily fountain, random chests, watching “movies” near the daily spin, and completing quests. The best use for these gems besides cosmetic items for your town are expanding the shops. This is extremely useful for making the most of overnight productions and cranking out multiple low-timed items without frequent refilling.
5. Harvest Your Trees
Orchard trees are free produce without the need to replant. Once you notice a tree is full, give it a quick harvest. Not only will you have a back-stock of neccessary items for later and reduce the risk of running out when you really need them, but you can sell off the extras for a quick buck. Ten lemons sell for 330 gold, cocoa sells for 250 for ten, and nuts for 180.
6. Using Fishing and Feeding Effectively
There’s a fine balance you’ll have to play with fishing and feeding your Kittizens. Fishing gear can be obtained from quest rewards and, more reliably, from the Hot Air Balloon. It’s easy to use your gear, load up on fish, and rack up your Kittizen levels. However, you’ll find that some quests will ask you to catch a certain number of fish or feed a certain number of fish to Kittizens. Use your gear and fish, but keep a few on reserve for quests that will require it.
7. Previous Quest and Present Quest Tie-In
Once you unlock a new shop or tree, be prepared to spend a lot of time crafting or harvesting from it for the next quest line. For example, after unlocking all the cloth areas (sheep, loom, tailor, and alpaca), the next quest chain for the Ice Cream Shop requires a lot of fleece and clothing items. As soon as you unlock a shop, get producing to stay ahead of your next quest chain.
8. Don’t Splurge on the Decor
I don’t know about later in the game, but it’s best to watch how much you’re dumping on pretty flowers and hay bales. Early on, it will feel like you have more money than you’ll ever know what to do with. Don’t cling to that false sense of security. Especially for casual players, the addition of each new shop or tree will cause you to unload your entire savings by your mid-20s.
9. Don’t Be Afraid to Sell
At first it feels like you can’t get enough saws, axes, pickaxes, and shovels for clearing the environmental nuisances. However, as you hit your 20s, your land expansion slows down. Keep 5-6 of each tool, but sell off the rest. Not only do you free up valuable storage space, but you net 50 gold per piece. That’s a 500g for every 10.
10. Focus on Dairy and Loom
Before you unlock the loom, a lot of recipes require dairy items. Expand your Milk Maid early on and give Brie all the fish you have until she unlocks level 2. Really stock up on cheese, since it’s the most used in early game. As others unlock, keep a small stock of cream, butter, cream cheese, and fruit parfaits on hand. This will save you so much time and trouble when you need to queue up cheese puffs and nachos that have exceptionally long manufacture times.
The same rings true when you unlock the loom and tailor in your mid-20s. Keep your sheep and alpacas fed. Get a small stock of yarn, fleece, and linen. You’ll be thankful you have them when a quest asks for 3 dresses and 2 pillows.
Look for other items that you may need a small back-stock of just in case. For instance, candied bacon at the snack shop will eventually be used at the donut shop.